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  1. Nerissa, I am from Vancouver, Canada - west coast, so the nearest Le Crueset factory outlet is in Oregon - alas. However, there are many stores selling Le Crueset so I am sure I can come up with some sort of deal.

    Thanks Fat Guy for the tip on the previous thread. Reading it jogged my memory about handles that I did not like on a previous dutch oven. I will pay more attention to them on whatever purchase I make. I have seen the dutch/french ovens with the ice cube tops - does it really work?

    I am going on the "hunt" this weekend. We have a local warehouse that sells quality kitchen equipment at discount prices, so I will check them out first, then look around at all the other usual places.

  2. Thanks guys - you have helped me alot. I am a new poster so my first experience here was great!

    You have helped me make the decision to Le Crueset, I think. After 30+ years of cooking I guess it is time to treat myself.

    The hardest decision is if I want my bottom rounded, oval or heart shaped! LOL :wub: , plus making myself wait until I can get a good sale!

  3. I don't think I want a rounded bottom (mine is already tooooooooo rounded - lol) :biggrin:

    Actually, because I want to be able to brown in the dutch oven I think I would prefer to have a reguar bottom.

    I think I will have a look at Le Crueset - 4/12 or 5/12 qt. I have heard of people getting great deals on these at yard sales/second hand stores, but I never seem to have that kind of luck. Will look for a sale perhaps.

  4. I live in Canada (Vancouver) so I don't think I have access to the ChefMate that I have seen discussed.

    Would prefer something deep rather than shallow I think. That is why I was thinking of a Dutch Oven style.

    The reason that I am looking is my last attempt was in my 25 year old roasting pan which has worn very thin and the chicken cattiatore was saved just before the burnt stage - :blush: with company waiting in the dining room!

    Was wondering about the weight of Le Crueset once a 4 1/2 qt or so if full of food. Perhaps I can skip the gym workout for that day!

  5. I am an experienced home cook, serious about cooking and wanting to buy good equipment - although I am not a professional chef by any means.

    I am looking for a quality braising pan/dutch oven - something that I can use for browning on top of the stove and then put in the oven to bake for a couple of hours, then put back on top of the stove for thickening - for use with stews, casseroles etc. What would you suggest?

    Currently I have a motley collection of saucepans - different favorites for different uses - some All Clad stainless steel saucepans & one All Clad non stick fry pan, a 30 year old enambled cast iron saute pan wedding gift and my grandmother's three cast iron fry pans.

    However, I am missing a good dutch oven or braising pan. Help! Have been looking at Le Crueset or All Clad. :unsure:

    Any suggestions are welcome

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